Mike Bibby is entering the final year of his contract ($15.5 million) and looms as a huge trading chip, if the Hawks were so inclined and not interested in signing him to an extension. He was the linchpin to their playoff push late last season. They were listless in the weeks leading up the trade deadline in February and then finished 15-15 over the last 30 games. There is no riskier move for the Hawks this season than trading Bibby without any assurance that his backups (Acie Law IV, Speedy Claxton and possibly Flip Murray) are ready to lead in his absence. Deficiencies at point guard sunk the Hawks’ playoff hopes in each of the three seasons preceding last year’s breakthrough.